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AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace, where a painting of indep...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, speaks during an interview with Associated Press Vice President of International News, Ian Phillips, at Mi...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro listens during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Th...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is prepared for an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, T...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thu...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, jokes around next to his Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez, right, before sitting down for an inte...
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thu...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace, where a painting of indep...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, speaks during an interview with Associated Press Vice President of International News, Ian Phillips, at Mi...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro listens during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Th...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is prepared for an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, T...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thu...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, jokes around next to his Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez, right, before sitting down for an inte...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thu...

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A month into Venezuela's high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an AP interview that his government was in secret talks with the Trump administration and predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation.

While harshly criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational stance toward his socialist government, Maduro said Thursday that he holds out hope of meeting the U.S. president soon to resolve a crisis over America's recognition of opponent Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader.

Maduro said that during the secret meetings in New York, his foreign minister invited the Washington, D.C.-based envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, to come to visit "privately, publicly or secretly."

"If he wants to meet, just tell me when, where and how and I'll be there," Maduro said.


Updated : 2021-05-06 19:03 GMT+08:00